Tuesday, 5 January 2010

January 7th - Graptolites behaving badly!

Dr. Alex Page from the University of Cambridge will be talking about 'Graptolites behaving badly' at 7.30, 16 Queen Square Bath on Thursday January 7th. This lecture is organised by the Bath Geological Society - members free, visitors £4 - - everyone is welcome.
Abstract: "Their excellent fossil record and widespread distribution sees planktonic graptolites as one of the most important taxa in the history of geology. They have played a major role in the establishment of the stratigraphic divisions of the Early Palaeozoic, and their rapid evolution provides a high resolution timescale for this interval which is still used at the present day. Though they often only remain as faint impressions on the rock - Linnaeus coined the term graptolite for ‘things that resemble fossils, but are not fossils themselves’ - well-preserved graptolites contain a wealth of information pertaining to both their biological affinity and behaviour. Despite the long history of graptolite research and the increasing number of well-preserved graptolites, their fundamental palaeobiology has received little attention."

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